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A "Rupert" paradummy from the Darryl F. Zanuck-produced war epic The Longest Day. Paradummies (nicknamed "Rupert" by British troops) were dropped during the Allied invasion of Normandy to deceive the German defenders into believing a much larger force was landing, and to draw their troops away from the real landing sites.
The paradummies in the film were actually much more lifelike than those dropped during World War II, which were usually made of burlap filled with straw. This dummy is made of rubber, and has been carefully and sympathetically restored, with additional supporting metal armatures and a custom-made cushion and base. Several sections of the dummy had to be reshaped, most notably the legs, but others remain untouched to prevent damage to the form. The majority of the paintwork is original, with some areas of paint added to match during restoration.
This paradummy is accompanied by a cotton parachute (no longer attached), as well as a reserve parachute and a still of German officers inspecting one of the dummies. It has some additional wear from use and age, including discolouration and staining. Dimensions (on base): 108 cm x 56 cm x 20 cm (42½" x 22" x 7¾")
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Estimate: £10,000 - 15,000 M
Item size - 42.52" x 22.05" x 7.87" (108cm x 56cm x 20cm)
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.